Richmond native performing in ‘Hot Mikado’ at SF’s Gateway Theatre

Branden Noel Thomas

Richmond native and award-winning actor Branden Noel Thomas is giving us another reason to head to downtown San Francisco to support the performing arts.

Thomas is playing the role of the Mikado in 42nd Street Moon’s production of Hot Mikado at the Golden Gate Theatre at 215 Jackson St. The show debuts today and runs through Oct. 13.

This year and last year, Thomas was nominated for three Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards for performances by a featured actor, according to AboutTheArtists. He won last year for his role as Black Dude in San Jose Company’s The Toxic Avenger.

42nd Street Moon’s Hot Mikado is a “killer jazz interpretation” of the classic Gilbert and Sullivan operetta masterpiece The Mikado. The musical as described by the theatre company: “Welcome to Titipu, a town turned upside down by the arrival of Nanki-Poo, a roving trumpet player looking for his lost love, Yum Yum. Before long, he’s embroiled in the topsy-turvy machinations of Titipu’s powers-that-be, with hilarious results.”

The show runs two hours, 20 minutes, including a 15 minute intermission.

Tickets range from $31 – $72 and can be purchased through the Box Office at (415) 255-8207 or online at

Below shows Hot Mikado in rehearsal.